Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quick Product Review - Sculpt it! by Sargent Art

About a week ago I had some made some flat shapes to use as jewelry charms from my tub of air dry clay. They dried fully in about 2 days, which is about what I figured it would take for them to dry (it would probably have a quicker drying time or longer depending on the item crafted, room temperature, etc). However, inspite of my frequent flipping of them so that they dry flat, only one really had dried flat. But for the most part they are all workable really.

With some quick research, I found that I should have remembered my art classes from high school when we worked with clay. Needless to say I had a duh moment and am currently working at getting another few pieces rolled out and cut to dry. I'm glad that we are working on the kiddo's bedroom and have some extra scraps of drywall laying around lol. This time around I am going to sandwich the pieces between two pieces of drywall and see how they dry that way. It might take a day longer, but we'll see how they turn out.

So in the mean time, I am working at sanding the edges of the pieces I had already made. The air dry clay that I am using, Sculpt it! by Sargent Art, so far I am pretty pleased with the results. It's non-toxic which is really nice since I have a 4 year old son, 3 cats, and 2 puppies who love to chew. So being non-toxic is a must in my house. It has a pleasant scent when you are handling it. I haven't tried sculpting anything like figures yet. But for making charm bases, it works wonderfully.

It is pretty durable since it's taking a little bit of effort to sand it to the smoothness I am looking for. I have been using regular 100, 200, 220 grit sandpaper you find at the hardware store. Sanding it goes pretty fast which is nice because I like instant gratification a lot of times. I haven't tried using wet/dry sandpaper. But since it dries to a ceramic like texture, I would think you could sand it with the wet/dry stuff. I am going to try that out at some point because if I make actual figurines, I would want a really smooth surface. When hand sanding, it produces very little dust which makes for easy clean up.

I've noticed if my hands are a bit dry, I don't have as much work time with it. But having a little bowl of water to dip my fingers into to keep the clay moist helps. As far as using water to moisten, it's a bit of trial and error to keep it from getting too slimy when working with it. If you add a drop at a time and work it in before adding more, it's not a problem.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the product.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rainy weather woes

Today is not a bright warm sunny day as I hoped it would be. These days it's filled with all kinds of home renovations and a lot of them. Between sanding my son's bedroom walls and getting them ready for painting, pulling down old drywall in mine and my husband's room for new studs and insulation (both of which were highly lacking in our room), stripping and refinishing new kitchen cabinets, it's a wonder I find time to draw or craft at all.

The air dry clay dried beautifully. The only down side is that it's really challenging to sand by hand. Until we get all our things from storage, including my dremel, sanding by hand is the way it's going to be. This afternoon or maybe tonight when all is quiet, I will be working hard at sanding the pieces to get them the right smoothness and shape that I desire to draw on.

Here's hoping when the drawing step arrives that the clay takes well to colored pencils and the sealer I had picked up to finish the pieces with doesn't get sticky and ruin the piece like some sealers I had tried in the past.

I hope they turn out as beautiful as they look in my head.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Crafty Goodness to Come

Inspiration struck while I was pondering another trip to the craft store and thinking about shrinkies (that's what I call my shrink plastic creations). I have a tub of air dry clay and instead of waiting for my other project to be nearly completed before using it, I had yet another "brain child".

So this trip is going to consist of some jewelery findings because I have some artwork that is just screaming to made into a pretty little necklaces and some bracelets. And being that it's supposed to be sunny for the next few days should make for some lovely photos (I hope) of the pieces once they are completed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Future Craft Challenge??

So on the way home from a random trip to the craft store, my hubby and I got talking about a movie that he had seen about a guy who is about to inherate a large sum of money but has to spend 10,000 dollars and not keep anything he uses it for. And for the life of me I can't remember the name of the movie he was talking about lol.

As he was telling me about this movie, the conversation diverted to the same kind of challenge only craft based and related to me. He was curious as to how much I could buy with 10,000 and I wouldn't be able to keep a single thing I made. I had to either donate, give away or sell.

Granted we don't have 10k to spend on craft supplies (oh how I would truly love that), it did however get me thinking to my current stash of supplies and how much I currently have. Goodness knows I have enough beads to choke a horse lol.

So this might very well be something to explore once we get renovations done and all my supplies are out of storage and organized. I'd be curious to see what I would come up with.

Monday, April 6, 2009

My first poppet

Well I am an avide fan of Craftster.org and one of the threads there I fell in love with when I first saw them. Pretty Poppet-Along (actually titled "The Long Awaited Poppet-Along") is a wonderful thread to see how different each one of them is.

When I first saw them, I just had to get involved and make my own. I made one for my cousin's little girl for Christmas. Instead of using Alova Suede, which I can't wait to use, I used a nice neutral knit. Being that this was my first poppet, I think it turned out rather well.

I call her Poppet, for lack of a better name. But I'm sure she has a proper name now. Her hair is Lion Brand Homespun yarn and is a multiple shade of blue, turquoise, and lavender. The dress is a modified poppet dress that Ghilie (the creator of the poppet pattern/poppet dress) created. It was made out of some scrap material that I had in my large stash that I had accumilated (some of which was given to me by my mom and others that were left over from my other random projects).

The top of the dress has a tiny green flower pattern and the skirt of the dress was made from a white guazey material.

Overall I am pleased with how it turned out for it being my first poppet. There are some things I would have changed. The nose would be a bit more pronounced and maybe not so lumpy when it comes to the stuffing of the legs and arms.

I wish I had a better camera and the pictures didn't look so washed out because the colors are soo much more vivid in person. Oh well..on to the pictures :)

I look forward to making more of these as soon as the remodeling downstairs is finished and all my crafting supplies are out of storage.
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